While the packing, the hotels, and the travel itself can be a bit daunting, let's talk about the one thing that we adventurous travelers/eaters love most about business travel: the opportunity to explore the culinary scene outside of your hometown.
If you are a fan of great bread and great cheese (and who ISN'T?), I implore you to take a trip down to the bright yellow shipping container parked in the heart of South Congress. You, quite simply, must go to Burro Cheese Kitchen.
If there was ever any doubt that Austin is the BBQ capitol of Texas/America, this past weekend, as the Texas Monthly BBQ Festival took over the terrace at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, certainly cemented Austin as the ultimate mecca for all-things-smoked-meat.
A recent trip that I took to Dallas (to dogsit the two giant dog-beasts pictured below) pretty much perfectly illustrated what I find best in life. When looking back on the week that I spent in my hometown, it is clear what takes top priority in my eating/drinking life: bread, coffee, beer, burgers, and pizza.
Earlier this summer, writer/director Jon Favreau returned to his indie-filmmaking roots and released a film that seemed genetically-engineered for me to love it. “Chef” tells the story of a long-time restaurant chef who, after a rough and rage-filled encounter with an online food critic and the ensuing fallout, leaves the restaurant world in exchange for opening up a Cuban sandwich food truck.
I love everything about pizza. I love going out for it, eating way too much of it, photographing it, debating which style/joint is the best in town, and perhaps most of all, making it in my home kitchen. As I will no doubt be writing about pizza on several occasions on this blog, I'm officially writing this post as the first in a series entitled, "Let's Talk About Pizza."
As any casual observer or visitor has no doubt noticed, food trucks are a big deal here in Austin, Texas. Roving trucks, huge BBQ trailers, re-purposed schoolbuses, or 18-wheelers...all can be found spread around the streets of Austin, serving all kinds of unique foods by the very passionate people running these mobile businesses. One of my favorite things about being a frequent visitor to many of Austin's popular food trucks has been getting to know the owners, forming friendships, and being able to show my support and appreciation for the hard work and long hours that they put into providing Austin with many delicious treats. "Hey! You Gonna Eat or What?," which can be found at the newly opened food truck park on Barton Springs Rd, The Picnic, is a personal favorite of mine, offering a Southwestern spin on some of the most iconic sandwiches around.
As much time as we spend on the internet these days, I am sure that we are all well aware of those contests that are posted on various websites or blogs that say something along the lines of, "Leave a comment below for your chance to win a..."? Well, I would like to you inform you that these contests are very real, and winning one of them led me to capturing my favorite photo that I have ever taken, even several years (and several thousands of photos) later. Here's how it happened:
Obsession is a strong word, but it’s really the only way that I can explain my current relationship with Salt & Time. At minimum, a full-service butcher shop and salumeria, and at maximum, one of Austin’s best new restaurants, Salt & Time has quickly made its presence known in the Austin food scene.